Alternatives To Hysterectomy Specialist

The Ashford Center

Gynecologists & Advanced Endometrial Ablation Specialists located in Athens, GA

Women with noncancerous conditions can often bypass a hysterectomy and preserve their uterus by choosing to have Advanced Endometrial Ablation. While this procedure can’t help all the conditions treated with a hysterectomy, Clinton Ashford, MD, FACOG, and Rebecca Ashford, MD, at The Ashford Center in Athens, Georgia, specialize in using endometrial ablation as an alternative for several gynecological conditions. If you’ve been told you need a hysterectomy, schedule a consultation online or by phone today to learn if minimally invasive endometrial ablation is a good alternative for you.

Alternatives to Hysterectomy

When might I need a hysterectomy?

A hysterectomy is usually the first line of treatment when women are diagnosed with gynecological cancer. If you don’t have cancer, however, a hysterectomy is the last option after other conservative treatments are implemented.

Many gynecological conditions can usually be effectively treated without hysterectomy, such as: 

  • Uterine fibroids: Noncancerous growths that develop in the uterus
  • Endometrial polyps: Noncancerous growths on the inner wall of your uterus
  • Endometriosis: Uterine tissue that grows outside your uterus on the surface of your ovaries, fallopian tubes, and other pelvic structures
  • Abnormal menstrual bleeding: Heavy, long, or irregular periods that interfere with your personal life or productivity at work
  • Adenomyosis: Uterine lining tissue that grows into the muscular layer of your uterus

Many of these conditions never need a hysterectomy!

What are the alternatives to hysterectomy?

Alternatives do exist, but your choices are limited. You may choose a uterine artery embolization or myomectomy for uterine fibroids. Otherwise, there are few hysterectomy alternatives besides Advanced Endometrial Ablation.

Advanced Endometrial Ablation is used to treat heavy periods, abnormal bleeding and PMS symptoms. The specialists at The Ashford Center have years of experience using the procedure to effectively treat endometriosis, uterine fibroids, PCOS, and endometrial polyps.

What is Advanced Endometrial Ablation?

Advanced Endometrial Ablation is a minimally invasive procedure to remove the thin layer of tissue lining your uterus. Dr. Clint Ashford performs endometrial ablation using narrow surgical tools that easily pass through your cervix and into your uterus. 

A variety of techniques may be used to gently destroy the cells and eliminate your endometrial lining, including:

  • Radiofrequency ablation: uses the heat produced by high-energy radio waves
  • Hydrothermal: uses heated fluids
  • Cryoablation: uses freezing temperatures

Dr. Ashford has expertise in all the different techniques, so he can choose the one that’s best for the condition being treated. For example, radiofrequency ablation is often the best choice for women with normal anatomy of the uterus.

After the uterine lining is removed, you can’t get pregnant. Therefore, Advanced Endometrial Ablation is only appropriate for women who are sure they don’t want to have children.

If you’ve been advised to get a hysterectomy, call The Ashford Center or schedule a consultation online today to talk about your alternatives.